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Five stories that have North Texas talking: President Obama makes a quick stop in Dallas to meet with local leaders; two facilities for the 2,000 unaccompanied immigrant children coming to Dallas County aren’t ready; Wichita Falls begins recycling wastewater; and more.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Glenn Beck will be bringing food, water and teddy bears to the immigrant children along the border; North Texas is home to two of the world’s most creative sculptures; the GOP picks Cleveland over Dallas; and more.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

The Dallas County Commissioners Court had a packed house Tuesday. Many in the audience were there to hear the latest on plans to temporarily house 2,000 children who’ve been detained at the border.

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Gov. Rick Perry has accepted President Barack Obama's offer to discuss the immigration crisis with faith leaders and local officials in Dallas.

The Obama administration announced Monday that most of the immigrant children who’ve crossed the border will be sent back to their home countries, and it plans to ask Congress for $3.7 billion in emergency funds. KERA sat down with a local immigration attorney to see how the kids make their way through the legal system.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

A congressional hearing on the rising numbers of unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. from Central America was held in the border town of McAllen Thursday -- and it featured Gov. Rick Perry. 

Justin Martin / KERA News

With a single statement last weekend, County Judge Clay Jenkins put Dallas in the center of the national debate over the 52,000 immigrant children who’ve crossed the U.S.-Mexico border since last fall.

Jenkins offered to take roughly 2,000 of the kids into new temporary North Texas centers by the end of the month. In this week’s Friday Conversation, the county’s top official sits down with KERA’s vice president of news, Rick Holter.

Lauren Silverman / KERA News

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Thursday identified  three North Texas sites that will potentially shelter the 2,000 immigrant children from Central America that are currently in McAllen.

Doualy Xaykaothao / KERA News

Dallas County plans to soon welcome 2,000 of the 52,000 children who’ve entered the country illegally in recent months. They’re coming from Central America and crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Many are trying to escape violence and drug cartels.

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins’ announcement Saturday to temporarily house as many as 2,000 children who've entered the country illegally surprised many people. Now, some local groups are preparing to meet with Jenkins to find out how they'll be helping.

Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

Community meetings could begin by the end of the week to discuss the thousands of immigrant children who will soon be cared for in Dallas County.

On Saturday, at the Democratic state convention, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced plans to open facilities that will house at least 2,000 of the 52,000 children who’ve entered the country illegally in recent months.

Callie Richmond / Texas Tribune

Texas Democrats will shine a spotlight on their top-of-the-ticket female candidates as they begin their three-day convention in Dallas Thursday.

In an interview with KERA, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa said his party will also contrast its beliefs with those Republicans enshrined in their state platform earlier this month.

Stella M. Chávez / KERA News

The number of children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has skyrocketed in recent months. So much so that officials in town for the U.S. Conference of Mayors made it a topic of discussion on Sunday.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

Texas Republicans have abandoned a guest-worker program and taken a harder position on illegal immigration in their party platform.

The platform adopted Saturday also borrows from some positions State Sen. Dan Patrick, the Republican lieutenant governor nominee, has listed on his website.

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

Texas Republicans have taken a tougher stand against undocumented immigrants already living in the state by dropping support for a guest-worker program from their party platform.  

Shelley Kofler / KERA News

In meeting rooms and hallways at the Texas Republican Party Convention, delegates Friday hotly argued over whether a guest worker program should remain in their party platform. Gay Republicans fought to eliminate a plank that suggested reparative therapy be available for those who want to escape their gay "lifestyle."

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As 11,000 Texas Republicans gather in Fort Worth for their state party convention, KERA’s Shelley Kofler sat down with Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri for a wide-ranging conversation.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Farmers Branch ends its legal battle over controversial immigration rental ordinance; the NRA says it made a mistake in criticizing Texas open-carry supporters; an East Texas woman used a dead catfish to hit her sister-in-law; and more.

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Immigrants from Mexico tend to be healthier than their American-born counterparts. However, a new study shows Mexican immigrants who come to the U.S. before the age of 14 are more likely to have alcohol and drug problems as adults.

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Leticia Van de Putte, the Democrat facing the newly-nominated Republican Dan Patrick in the lieutenant governor race, said Wednesday that his pledge to meet with minority voters comes after “insulting” them.

Daniel Kramer/Michael Stravato / Texas Tribune

Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst got some good news this weekend in his uphill battle to hold onto his job. A former foe, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson, told KERA he will be endorsing Dewhurst. The news comes two days after Dewhurst, the incumbent, and Dan Patrick, the frontrunner, debated in Houston.

In an interview with NBC 5's Lone Star Politics Rep. Joe Barton, a Republican from Ennis, says he will soon introduce a bill that would establish a path to citizenship for the minor children of undocumented immigrants. He'll also call for creating a guest worker program.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

As they traded barbs during a televised debate on Tuesday night, Republican lieutenant governor candidate Dan Patrick and San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro covered a range of issues beyond the set topic of immigration policy, including the November general election and abortion rights.

William Holston, Commentator

All week, NPR has reported on life along the U.S.-Mexico border. In his commentary, William Holston focuses on one particular group of immigrants growing in number in North Texas.

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday morning denied an appeal to review the Farmers Branch immigration rental ordinance that would have forced renters to prove they were in the country legally in order to live in the city.

The decision likely marks the end of an eight-year legal battle in which the city has spent millions of dollars in legal fees.

In 2006, the city started discussing the ordinance. In 2007, voters approved the ordinance in a nonbinding referendum.

The battle over the border is escalating between Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Abbott and the likely Democratic nominee Wendy Davis. It began last week when Abbott likened public corruption in South Texas to “third-world country practices” while unveiling his border security plan while in Dallas. Davis calls Abbott's comment "divisive" and says it's harmful to economic development along the border. Abbott may say more on the subject when he makes a campaign appearance in El Paso today.

As the U.S. government has militarized the California and Arizona segment of the Southwest border over the last two decades, illegal crossers have moved to another area. South Texas has become the new border hot spot.

The Rio Grande Valley is also the closest route to Central America. Two-thirds of those caught crossing are from that troubled region.

The Border Patrol and local authorities are straining to keep up.

Fleeing Poverty And Murder

Jerry Patterson Campaign

This week’s fundraising reports show at least three of the Republicans running for lieutenant governor have the money to compete on TV.  The fourth, Jerry Patterson, has a lot less cash, but unveiled an effort to target Hispanic voters.

Bob Daemmrich / Texas Tribune

With less than eight weeks to go until the primary election, the four Republicans running for lieutenant governor continue to mix it up over an issue that always riles Texas voters.

Catholic Charities of Dallas / Catholic Charities of Dallas

Young people who are in the country illegally face many tough questions.

Can they get a job? Will they get deported?

A year ago, the Obama administration implemented a program that allows some undocumented immigrants to stay in the country temporarily. As of September, 93,277 applications from Texas have been accepted and 72,408 have been approved. But thousands more still haven’t applied.

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